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November 20, 2014


Cougar Volleyball team competes in NJCAA tournament today!

The top 16 teams from around the country will compete in theNJCAA National Division II Volleyball Championship November 20- 22, at Phoenix College, Ariz.  Columbus State’s fifth-ranked Lady Cougars will take on No. 12 Iowa Central at 5:00 p.m. today.  Watch all the action live online here:


Giles Hiser is new Director of Recruitment


Columbus State has named Gina Giles Hiser as the new Director of Recruitment and Outreach. Giles Hiser has a wealth of experience leading all aspects of new student recruitment, managing strategies for enrollment growth, and overseeing undergraduate and graduate admissions to ensure enrollment plans are achieved.

She most recently worked as the Director of Admissions at DeVry University in Columbus. During her seven years at the 80,000-student college, she had a proven track record of success in strategic planning, training, employee engagement, and process improvement. Giles Hiser played a key role in the development of a high school program at DeVry’s Cleveland Campus and has led many successful recruitment efforts. She has her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University and a BA in Communications from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

“We look forward to the benefit of Gina’s experience and expertise as she begins to more actively reach out to attract new students and to provide compelling evidence on why Columbus State is a smart, first-choice educational option for students,” said Dr. Diane Walleser, vice presidentof Enrollment Management and Student Services.


The ‘Great American Smokeout’ offers resources today


Join the Department of College Recreation and Wellness for the Great American Smokeout Resource Fair, Thursday, November 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Departments from across campus and vendors from central Ohio will be on hand to offer students and employees the resources to help them quit tobacco for good!

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Columbus State will become a Tobacco Free College in 2015, so now is the time to make your plan to quit!



Bookstore has ‘Before the Bird’—pre-Black Friday Sale

There are two days left for the “Before the Bird Sale” at the Columbus State Bookstore, where you will find deals including gift books for 30 percent off, children’s books for 50 percent off, $5 stocking stuffers, 30 percent off drinkware, and much more!  The sale runs through Friday, November 21, so hurry over today! 



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Woodwind Ensemble to perform Nov. 25

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, November 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The 30-minute concert will include the music of Mozart, Beethoven, William Grant Still, and John Philip Sousa. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd, director.



Light up a life at The Scholar House this holiday


The Columbus Scholar House provides subsidized housing for fulltime students who are parents, and are enrolled in an Ohio-accredited institution of higher education, maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA. Currently, there are eight OSU and two Columbus State students living at the Scholar House.

Columbus State’s Department of Student Engagement and Leadership is collaborating with Community Properties of Ohio to help the students living at the Scholar House this holiday season through the “Light up a Life” program. If your office, department, or family members would like to help fulfill the “wish list” of a family, please contact Michelle Weiser, assistant in SEaL, by Friday, December 5, and she will provide you with information for a family at the Scholar House!  The donations will be collected and sent to the Scholar House on December 15. 


Have you see the latest Columbus State commercials?


College advertising is in full swing at the moment, including two new television commercials currently running on all local stations.  The commercials were produced in-house by members of the Marketing and Communications Department, including Nancy Cleland, advertising coordinator, Mark Van Horn, video coordinator, and Tony Goins, web content coordinator.  The commercials feature successful students and the faculty member who most inspired them. If you haven’t caught them on TV, check them out online on YouTube! Inspiration Beyond Measure and Support Beyond Measure.


Math faculty present at annual conference

Theresa Kegley, Jessica Lickeri, and Katherine Struve represented the Mathematics Department November 15 at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  The faculty members co-presented a session detailing their experiences in conducting a “flipped classroom.”  A flipped classroom is a model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. The session at AMATYC was attended by more than 30 participants who were engaged and who asked many questions about their techniques, according to Mathematics Department Chair Greg Goodhart.


Business of Music students host showcase event Nov. 24

Students from the Business of Music class will host the first-ever “Singer/Songwriter Showcase” on Monday, November 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The students and additional community participants will perform new and fun music at the event.

The performers will be videotaped and then constructively critiqued by a panel of informed, professional songwriters, representing Columbus' new TV show for songwriters, "Songs at the Center," the Columbus Chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International, and members from Songwriters of Central Ohio.

Everyone is invited to experience the great talent that Columbus State has to offer! The showcase is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (student) Makayla Strode or instructor Emma Easton at 287-5377, Ext. 1677.


Faculty nominated for 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award

Students have nominated at total of 71 faculty members for the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. Of those nominated, many will submit portfolios for review and qualification as an award finalist. Up to ten finalists will be observed in the classroom this spring and four winners will be recognized during the Quality Team Awards in 2015. Please join the DTA committee in congratulating each of the nominees for the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. To learn more about the award and selection process visit the DTA web page.

Robert Bartha
Frank Berger
Rita Bova
Katie Boyd
Lisa Briggs
Greg Burlile
Jill Cadotte
James Clark
Aaron Coey
Chris Copeland
Lynn Cox
Crystal Danley
Cynthia Davidson
Amy DeLorenzo
Amy DiBlasi
Zachary Dilbeck
Kyriakoula Drakatos
TJ Duda
Daniel Foor
David Foor
Eric Garman
Raymond Goral
Craig Hadley
Julie Hallas
Myung Han
Daniel Hare
Michelle Heller
Dorothy Husband
Peter Karim-Sesay
Adam Keller
Larry Kleinhenz
Steve Levin
Sonda Lewis
Stephen Logan
Melissa Logue
Jared Mans
Jerusha McClendon
Brenna Michelis
Rick Miller
Eric Neubauer
Thomas O'Brien
Terrence Olive
Eleanor Opitz
Margaret Owens
Brian Patterson
Nikki Pearce
Tina Perry
Irene Petten
Valerie Powers
Christopher Prewitt
Robin Price
Cheryl Prusinski
Benjamin Pugno
Mary Reiter
Jeffrey Richardson
Catherine Ritterbusch
Courtney Ruppert
John Schultz
Thomas Shanahan
Felicia Smith
Leslie Stimel
Gerald Tankovich
Helen Taylor
David Tom
Richard Vade Bon Coeur
Julie Wagar
Adam Wedd
Elizabeth Well
John Wetzel
Jill Yocum
Myra Young


Important payroll dates are coming up

For the pay period ending November 30, with pay day on December 15, 2014

  • Employee web time entry is due Monday, December 1, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Tuesday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m.

For the pay period ending December 15, with pay day December 24, 2014

  • Employee web time entry is due Monday, December 15, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Due to the short processing time for this pay period, all other payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Monday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m.  Anything received after this time will be posted to the first payroll of 2015.
  • Please note that Business and Campus Services, including the Payroll Office, will be closed on Tuesday, December 16, for a department retreat.


Columbus State Night at the Bluejackets is Jan. 10


The Columbus Blue Jackets will host Columbus State Employee Night at the Blue Jackets game on Saturday, January 10, vs. the New York Islanders. All attendees will receive a free Blue Jackets hat with their ticket purchase. Come watch NHL action at its finest and celebrate with Columbus State. Tickets are $33, or $40 with a food voucher. Go online here to order:


New program called Women’s Connection seeks mentors


A new and much anticipated program called The Women's Connection was recently initiated by the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department. The Women's Connection focuses on fostering character building and leadership development as well as personal, intellectual and relational growth of its participants. Opportunities are provided for students to network and build relationships with their peers and employee mentors. Participants will engage in lots of activities on campus and in the Columbus community, while accessing resources to make strategic decisions about their future. Any student currently enrolled in classes at Columbus State and identifies as female is eligible to participate in Women's Connection. For the inaugural semester there are 30 available slots. Students will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis after completing an application. Students can apply online here.

Mentors are also needed for the program. Mentors will be expected to attend a training session on one of the following dates: Monday, November 24, at 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday, November 25, at 3:00 p.m.; Friday, December 5, at 1:00 p.m.; or Wednesday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m.  They will also be invited to the Meet and Greet session January 23, and participate in Core Group meetings once a month. 

For more information about Women’s Connection or to receive a mentorship application please contact Sarah A. Baker, specialist in Global Diversity and Inclusion, ext. 2861. 




Save the date for the annual MLK Celebration

Circle your calendar for Thursday, January 15, at 9:00 a.m. when Columbus State will welcome Rev. Al Sharpton as the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Martin Luther King Celebration. The event will be held in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The event will be free and open to the public.   


Knapke named honorary president of Herb Society


Adjunct faculty member Debra Knapke, Landscape Design and Management, was recently named Honorary President of The Herb Society of America for 2014 through 2016. Knapke has taught at Columbus State for 20 years, and has authored five gardening books, including Perennials for Ohio, Annuals for Ohio, Gardening Month by Month in Ohio and more. She serves on a number of boards and committees connected with gardening, history and the natural world, including The Kelton House, the Inniswood Garden Society, and the Friends of Metro Parks.  “Debra’s enthusiastic attitude and her knowledge of horticulture will be such an asset to The Herb Society of America,” said HSA president Susan Leichty.



Cornerstone applicant tracking system rolls out Dec. 15

Cornerstone applicant tracking system rolls out Dec. 15

The Human Resources Department will launch Cornerstone, the new Applicant Tracking System replacing COOL and PeopleAdmin, on December 15. HR will offer training throughout December for those who have hiring needs in the near future, and ongoing labs will be offered in 2015 to train those who need to post jobs at a later date. Please register for training online here.

Cornerstone has robust capabilities that will increase efficiency and effectiveness at Columbus State. You can view a demo about Cornerstone here:  View a demo 

Cornerstone is an affiliate of Colleague/Datatel, and the two systems are integrated to allow a seamless transfer of applicants into the status of employees. While some of Cornerstone’s more advanced features will be rolled out over time, some current highlights of the system for applicants, hiring managers and employees are listed on the Human Resources website.

Change of address forms needed for W-2s

All Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be mailed to employees’ postal mailing address on file in January 2015.  If you have a new mailing address, please update your existing address by completing the Change of Address Form: ( and returning it to Human Resources (Rhodes Hall 115) before December 12, 2014.  This will help insure that you receive your 2014 W-2 in a timely manner.

There are still a few spots open in Weight Watchers at Work!

The Columbus State Weight Watchers at Work program will begin on Tuesday, November 25, and there are a couple of spots still available for participants! The holiday season is the perfect time to join WW—and find the encouragement and resources you need to make positive changes in your lifestyle. Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, by Monday, November 24, to join the 2015 group.  The first meeting of WW will be held Tuesday, November 25, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 241. Join now!







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